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June 30, 2016

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FienbergThe White House released a list of 100 projects that exemplify President Barack Obama’s commitment to reinvigorating U.S. science, technology and innovation efforts. Included on the list is the work by Stephen E. Fienberg, the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, and his colleagues to improve the practice of forensic science. “Good science involves the careful gathering and analysis of data. It doesn’t happen with the click of a keyboard or a flash of insight in 45 minutes or less,” Fienberg said. Read more.

JacobsenT.D. Jacobsen has been appointed director and principal research scientist at CMU’s Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, effective July 1. He succeeds Robert Kiger, who is retiring after serving as director since 1977. The Hunt Institute is a research division of CMU that specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science. Jacobsen joined the Hunt Institute staff in 1979 and has been assistant director since 1981. He is an authority on the systematics of the native North American species of the genus Allium (onions and their relatives) and his writings on the systematics and toxicology of poisonous plants have been published extensively.

MillerJohn H. Miller, professor of economics and social science in the Dietrich College’s Social and Decision Sciences Department, recently authored the popular science book, “A Crude Look at the Whole: The Science of Complex Systems in Business, Life and Society.” Throughout the book, Miller describes the links between honeybees and U.S. politics, among numerous other examples of systems thinking. Learn more.
ReynoldsDudley Reynolds, teaching professor of English at CMU in Qatar, recently wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Gulf Times. In “Should Qatari children be educated in English or Arabic?” Reynolds champions the social and cognitive benefits of multilingualism, from sharper mental functioning to being more empathetic to the needs of others. Read the op-ed.

WeingartThe Academy of Management (AOM) has elected Laurie Weingart, senior associate dean for education and Carnegie Bosch Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, to the 2016 Fellows Group. Selected from nearly 20,000 members, this lifetime designation honors members for their “significant contributions to the science and practice of management.” The group annually holds meetings in service of “the exercise of intellectual leadership in the field of management,” according to AOM. Weingart and other new Fellows will be honored during the annual AOM meeting on Aug. 7 in Anaheim, Calif.